We know that the NCAA isn’t particularly fond of Penn State as of late, but perhaps today, it is evident more than ever.
This morning, dozens of people discovered that the NCAA has pulled all Penn State merchandise from its official store. If you search under “All Teams,” you will find apparel for every single Division I institution except Penn State. It should be noted that recently athletically sanctioned schools such as North Carolina and Ohio State do have merchandise available on the site.
— Adam Breneman (@AdamBreneman81) November 13, 2012
I spoke to customer relations representative at around 10:50 a.m. She told me that she received an email saying that decision to remove Penn State apparel was “an intentional decision made by the NCAA. The NCAA pulled merchandise off its site and we will no longer carry Penn State merchandise.”
She also added that her department is actively seeking out why the decision was made as they’ve already received dozens of calls asking about the move.
Apparently, someone from NCAA public relations got in touch with customer service rather quickly as the Twitter war waged. Altoona Mirror’s Cory Giger reported that Penn State merchandise wasn’t appearing due to a “glitch.”
Who’s telling the truth? It seems clear to me, but you decide.
(Update Nov. 13 12 p.m. — The apparel is back on the NCAA website. Good one, guys.)